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Well…it’s over. Twilight: Breaking Dawn is wrapped and, now that a few of weeks have passed, I am finally starting to feel like I have landed back into my life.

It’s always a strange period of time after a job finishes. I often feel like I am being pulled in two different directions at once. There is a part that feels so much joy in returning home, sleeping in my own bed, seeing loved ones and friends whom I may not have seen or even spoken to in months! At the same time, there is this feeling of loss. It isn’t really loss of course, it’s more of a change of scenery but it can feel a little jarring when the people that have become such a huge part of your daily existence aren’t there any more in the same way.

If one looks at it in the right light, this experience can create a lot of clarity. For me it often reminds me to enjoy the moment wherever I am because there will always be positives and negatives. As you celebrate no longer living the hotel life (which is great but can wear on you after a while) you also remember how much fun it was to walk into the lobby and run into some friends heading out to lunch or hopping in the hotel shuttle and chatting it up with the driver on your way to Whole Foods.

That’s one of the greatest things about being an actor in my opinion - the immersive nature of making film, TV, and theater (what little experience I have of that last one). You meet so many people and you have such a vast shared experience as a group. I feel really fortunate to be in a career where I meet so many good people and forge these wonderful friendships.

The challenge for me is always finding my way back to “normal”. After three or four months of living in a hotel room it can take a bit of getting used to when you realize that no one is coming to clean your room or deal with the dishes! You suddenly have all the life things you didn’t get done staring you in the face! Taxes need doing, there is a stack of mail taller than you and you haven’t been to the gym in about two months.

In short…you’ve got a choice to make. You can curl up in the fetal position and try to wish away all the things that need doing or you can get started on that uphill battle to reclaim your life. The difficulty isn’t what choice to make because that part is obvious. The difficulty lies in finding the energy and inspiration to make the right choice (isn’t that always the hard part?).

Now we come to the summary of my little blog because in this choice lies the real beauty of this transitory period. Sitting in my apartment trying desperately to avoid getting started on my day, I always end up asking myself…why? Why should I do these things that “need” to be done? Who says they “need” doing? The harder I look and the more I ask this, the clearer the answer becomes. I don’t “need” to do anything, I want to. Because no matter how tedious or boring or difficult they may be, they are still, in one way or another, a part of the big picture. In other words, they are positive steps in creating the world and the life I would like for myself. When I look at it in that light all those monotonous things that come along become a lot easier to handle because I am choosing to see them in the proper perspective…long term. And isn’t that the best way to look at most things in life? I find that a really helpful question to ask myself is, “Is this for my highest good?” If the answer is yes then I guess what I am saying is…get started.

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. BEGIN IT NOW." - Goethe

"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work." - HL Hunt

Best,

Noel

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Posted On
May 28, 2011
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+1 Thanks buddy!
"You can curl up in the fetal position" --> LOL yep I really understand what you meant... and I can say that I needed to hear it! You have no idea how I needed it! So thank you buddy for being here, for the laughs, for the fridays songs, for the creepy sushi things haha... in short: Thanks for everything! Love ya buddy! I wish you THE BEST! xoxo ;)
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Jul 27, 2011
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hi omg this is so weird cus i couldnt find the comment box lol so i replied to a comment i love ur blog :)
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May 28, 2011
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Wow! What an inspiring message. I have been definitely feeling this way lately and want to curl up into the fetal position. I guess we all have our moments and I should take your words of wisdom and keep on going! Thanks Bud!

All the best on your journey....
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May 29, 2011
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+1 Still impressed
This old dog CAN learn new tricks! Found the 2nd post!

Your writing style is like dessert - sweet, and leaves you longing for more. I look forward to tasting your next post
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May 29, 2011
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+1 Thx mr.fisher
Hi!!
I'm home finally had school :S
I was feeling kinda sad 'cause I had a problem & thn I read ths --> "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. BEGIN IT NOW." - Goethe // Thx 4 posting again & even if u just wrote wht u feel the r ppl tht has similar feelings or situations right now & u helped thm (I'm one of thm)w/o knowing so yeah Thank u
Hope to read u soon
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May 29, 2011
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Well, for the second time since we met you have made me tear up! LOL The last part of this blog is very inspiring. And...kinda what I need right now. Starting on my 2 months off work, I have been worried about putting back on weight while I am off. I know that I "need" to get up and exercise and it's something that I dread but it's something that I want to do cause in the long run, like you said, it is the future that is what's important to me. My kids are what's important to me :) soooo I will be getting my happy self up tomorrow and either swimming some laps or doing some zoomba ;)Thank you for the kick in the butt I needed!!LOL
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May 29, 2011
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Wow you seem like such a down to earth and positive person. Im really looking forward to seeing you in BD, and all of your other projects too!
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May 29, 2011
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WOW! Just....wow! I almost skipped right over the link to this blog link, but sitting here wasting time, I scrolled back down to see what you might have to say! More about Sushi and his evil plots??? No, a sincere and heart warming blast of truth. I am struggling with the boring mundane day to day life and needed very much to read your message. Indeed what you write has merit and has obviously made a connection and created inspiration! Thank you for sharing! Love, peace, happiness and in your case sushi!
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May 30, 2011
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You are wise beyond your years and you always put a smile on my face. XXOO
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Jun 01, 2011
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Noel,wish I had learned to look at the big picture in my 20's,you seem like such a good person !never change. I never read a blog before,but really enjoyed yours,you sould write a book someday I agree with coleen, you are wise beyond your years.anyway loved you on bones,svu,shame less,dark blue,if theres a movie and you are in it i will go see it!much love,becky
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Jun 16, 2011
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Noel,
Isn't writing fun! I still say you should have been in " G of T" and yes I did write them a letter. Lol .... Even if it got lost in the shuffle!I was freed expressing it to pen and paper and sending it. I just saw your latest movie and I thought I would drop you a line. I enjoyed your character, he brought a real sense of young fear, you played the character extremely well, well done mon ami!!!!! well done.
Regards
Colleen
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Jul 27, 2011
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hey i read ur blog and its really cool i was on twitter and saw ur profile its really awesome i tweeted u and i hope u tweet back :)
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Sep 14, 2011
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Im currently sitting at this computer...and have been all day and i need to fill out my tax forms. after reading your blog, i think i should go do it.
either that or crawl up in the fetal position, like you said haha
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Oct 21, 2011
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I had seen you on an episode of "Shameless" while traveling and was impressed. Then I caught the repeat episodes of Law & Order: SVU that you guest starred in. Inquiring about you on the internet, I came across your website. Reading your blogs I must say, you are not only a great actor, but also a wonderful and inspiring writer. Your blogs show you to be a genuine person and not just a presence on the screen. Please keep the blogs coming. Thank you for entertaining me and inspiring me.
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Reading this in April 2014, and it's exactly what I needed! THANK YOU SO MUCH for writing this Noel! It really helped me! You're my hero!

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